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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    Repairs due to fire damage. Repair/replace drywall, final tile windows, doors, hardwood, floor. No plumbing. All work same as existing. No strcutural work. Subject to field inspections.

    5000 W. Patterson Ave. Issued May 23, 2017 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring

    REPLACE METER FITTING AND RISER ONLY.ELECTRICAL PANEL TO REMAIN.

    5951 W. Byron St. Issued May 23, 2017 Comment

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Nov 02

Updated 7 hours ago

Dropped Calls Due to Airplane Traffic

Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or...

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Happening to anyone else in Portage Park/Jeff Park? Over the past two weeks we've noticed issues with calls on our cell phones dropping-out due to airplane traffic. We know it's on our end because some of the calls were between us and other states, in areas without any air traffic. Each time it happens, there's an airplane we can see and hear in the sky. Something must have changed because this was never an issue until recently; different frequencies or blocking service signals from cabin to the ground?
As a call dropped just now, I got an earful of sharp-pitched tones pulses through the phone, and sure enough, there was a plane passing by.
It's bad enough that air traffic kills broadcast TV signals and can rumble folks from their sleep, but having it affect our otherwise reliable phone communications is not only nettlesome, it's a safety issue.

  • NWSide Colleen 16-year Jefferson Park resident, neighbor, parent

    Chirb, the citizen-created and -led Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition has been advocating for residents under the flight paths since 2013. Find them on Facebook and at www.fairchicago.org. Also, you can file noise complaints at chicagonoisecomplaint.com. Last but not least, write your elected officials to tell them how this impacts you and that they need to be stronger advocates for us folks on the ground. Good luck!

  • Thank you for joining Chirb and "bumping" this thread. We had a respite from the constant air traffic interference for a couple months prior to the flightpath rotations resuming again, bringing planes close on our flanks and overhead nearly constantly.

2 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park

...to grant developer Sumac a permit to build the drive-thru at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Central Avenue, facing the southwest entrance to Portage Park. Managers of a "national sandwich chain" have expressed...

...proposal also drew opposition from Robert Quezada, the owner of Portage Grounds, whose cafe at 5501 W. Irving Park Road stands on the same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners...

...same block where the Starbucks would be built. Quezada and the owners of Perkolator Cafe, 6032 W. Irving Park Road, have both aired fears that the Seattle-based chain could scoop away their customers...

    Starbucks Drive-Thru, Possible 'Sandwich Chain' Approved For Portage Park
    CITY HALL - A long-brewing proposal to build a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-thru in the west Portage Park neighborhood cleared a crucial hurdle on Friday, laying the groundwork for construction to begin by summer.
    https://www.dnainfo.com

  • Panera is often paired with sbux, but not sure if they're dubbed as a sandwich chain.

  • I agree with Portage Rules. I think of Subway as fast food and more likely for take out and litter. The litter is too evident in the park, on Irving Park parkways and on some side streets south of IP.

4 days ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Zoning board unanimously approves drive thru for the Starbucks at Central and Irving

We are so excited to see the Starbucks coming to this eyesore of a lot and how it will benefit the area with other economic development opportunities.

  • Well the PPNA's opposition was useless because they aren't traffic experts so their points are invalid. So whatever they said at the zoning board meeting went in one ear and out the other I bet.

  • @me123, my neighbor was at that zoning hearing and told me that the PPNA held a poster up with the picture of the 2 year old that was killed no where near the intersection of Irving and Central. I wonder if they got permission to use the photo of that child from his parents? That to us(and I'm sure that others feel this way) is disgusting and classless. Way to go PPNA!!!!

15 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

The Point at Six Corners-- In Case People Missed This Update

Sounds to me like Aldi and Ross are no longer involved or wavering until they find out what other businesses are interested. Sounds like we won't be seeing progress any time soon.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170512/portage-park/the-point-at-six-corners-construction-delayed

    The Point At Six Corners Being 'Modified,' But Developer Still 'Committed'
    PORTAGE PARK - Last summer, crews broke ground on a massive retail hub in the narrow wedge between Milwaukee Avenue and Irving Park Road, promising a glittering new centerpiece for the ongoing revitalization of the Six Corners Shopping District.
    https://www.dnainfo.com
  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    Maybe Full Circle Communities would be interested in being a partner on this project. It's a perfect location for affordable housing for families, vets and disabled. It's directly across the street from Jewel, on a major bus line, Irving Park Road, that terminates at Harlem Irving Plaza. The IPR bus...

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    Maybe Full Circle Communities would be interested in being a partner on this project. It's a perfect location for affordable housing for families, vets and disabled. It's directly across the street from Jewel, on a major bus line, Irving Park Road, that terminates at Harlem Irving Plaza. The IPR bus and/or Milwaukee Avenue bus is accessible to the Blue Line.

    There are no agreements in place to keep buildings at less than 4 stories with the PPNA. The increase in density would support revitalization at Six Corners. Working families with growing children need places to shop for food, clothing and other essential items.

  • @joanne, no... please do not promote more full circle developments in the 45th.

  • Do gooders are ridiculous. Wake up!!!

34 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery a peace officer. He was held in lieu of $250,000 but bonded out Friday.

    Judge Denies Motion in Soldier's Security Guard Attack Case
    A U.S. Army soldier left a North Side court building Tuesday after making his second appearance in front of a Cook County Judge to face charges of viciously punching a River North security guard outside of...
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • Good. De Leon deserves the max penalty and then some. The only thing this scumbag is sorry about is having been caught on video and not getting away with it.

46 hours ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Now what's the problem with Starbuck's Six Corners?

Hi all - just saw this note in DNA Info -

A separate proposal to build a Starbucks drive-thru in the Six Corners Shopping District was also due to come before the board on Friday, but that decision was delayed until July due to "issues about landscaping," according to a spokesman for Ald. John Arena (45th).

I keep hearing that the other SB was approved for Irving Park and Central but I was wondering what happened with the one planned for Six Corners - now delayed until July? Jeez, enough already....

  • Don Harper How's this for short?

    The community is getting new businesses coming to the area in spite of our crooked politicians. If you knew me you would know that I am generally not a negative person as other posts of mine will attest. I have lived in this area for over thirty years and have...

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    The community is getting new businesses coming to the area in spite of our crooked politicians. If you knew me you would know that I am generally not a negative person as other posts of mine will attest. I have lived in this area for over thirty years and have done plenty for our block as well as my neighbors. When there are street clean ups we always participate and all look out for each other. Do you work for Arena or on the city payroll in some form. Totally understandable that they have people sitting on here monitoring these sites to defend them constantly. I have the guts to use my name. So not hiding behind some shadow.

  • Z

    Don, have you contacted the Inspector General? Perhaps before you accuse someone of lining their pockets you should have factual evidence they have do so.

    http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org/get-involved/fight-waste-fraud-and-abuse/report-fraud-or-corruption/

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34 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Missing Package

We order something from Home Depot that was delivered to an address on the 4200 N. Menard Ave block. It was delivered today but not there when I got home.

Has anyone here had issues with packages being stolen?

  • Deutsch portage36

    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away....

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    Two weeks ago, i had a package from restoration hardware on my front porch. I saw a gypsy kid walk up my front stairs, and he was leaning towards my delivery, ready to take it. I told him to beat it, and he mumbled a few words, and ran away. I saw that there was a green mini van waiting for him at the corner, and he hopped in. The gypsy kid looked to be about 11 or 12 years old. There are gypsies out there stealing packages. Be on alert.

  • There is also the problem of delivery person incorrectly reading address and leaving packages next door. I receive packages for different streets even, sometimes same address but wrong street. So, not always a theft, sometimes delivery person cannot read...

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline

Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home...

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Many people aren’t aware that AT&T is pushing legislation that would eventually scrap the most affordable, reliable phone service for people who need it most.

Here’s why you should oppose AT&T’s plan, even if you don’t own a landline:
It poses a serious public safety concern. Too many people — including seniors, low-income families and rural residents with bad cellphone reception — still rely on landline service as their most affordable, reliable connection to 911, medical monitoring services and home security systems.

With the Illinois Telecommunications Act set to expire July 1, AT&T’s legislation (SB 1381/HB 2691) would allow the company to end service to 1.2 million business and residential landlines once the Federal Communications Commission gives final approval. And it would axe Illinois’ best local phone deals, the Consumer’s Choice calling plans, which are under a state-mandated rate freeze.

https://goo.gl/7CW64x (Rockford Star Article)

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    Amen. I agree. The landline should be kept available. At least you know the Feds have to get a judge to sign off on tapping your landline, whereas any government agency can hack your cell phone and even clone it.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    In some cases they're already able to watch us through our own flat screen television sets

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44 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Yoga with Merril tonight!

Yoga tonight & every Tuesday at:
Farlow's Playroom
4222 N Milwaukee Ave.
6:45 -8
$15-packages available
Free for JPSM Volunteers/Vets/chronic depression
Www.YogaWithMerril.com

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    I wish I'd known earlier.

    Thanks anyway.

  • Merril Jefferson Park Sunday Market manager

    Same time & place next week.

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Landline

If your comcast cable goes out you have no phons service
Do not let AT&T do away witb landline service. Seniors will be hurt.

  • For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries...

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    For sure! When comcast first came out with phone service, the cable-phone unit had a battery for backup. Within months they stopped including batteries. I asked why and the response was something to the effect of, 'it's a liability issue because we would have to eventually replace all the batteries so now we don't include them.' Comcast is, in effect, saying, 'Don't count on our service to be as reliable as traditional service or count on it being there in an emergency.' I don't have comcast phone service but I do have my cablemodem on a UPS powerstrip and I recommend anyone who wants to avoid power related issues for computers, internet, cable, etc., get one. You can get 2-prong (ungrounded) one's for ~$30.

  • Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state,...

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    Please, call a special AARP Illinois Telecom Hotline, 844-220-5552, and tell your legislators to reject SB 1381 *and* HB 2691.

    If AT&T ends landline service, so too ends all peripheral services the infrastructure supports, including reliable and affordable medical telemetry. With the relatively few (1.2 million) customers across the state, it's doubtful any other company would buy and maintain the network -- even if one did, cost would likely double or triple.

    "For today’s landline callers, other options — wireless service, Internet-based phones and bloated triple-play packages from the cable company — aren’t as easy, reliable or affordable as plain old telephone service. Consider this: Advanced 911 — which can trace the exact location of a cellphone — won’t be fully implemented in Illinois until 2020 at the earliest. And AT&T’s recent 14-state wireless 911 outage proves that the company is not yet able to provide a satisfactory alternative for landline customers.

    Rather than let AT&T dictate the terms, Illinois should launch a more comprehensive discussion on how to create a better, pro-consumer plan for our telecom future."

    — Julie Vahling, associate state director of AARP Illinois; Abraham Scarr, director of Illinois Public Interest Research Group; Bryan McDaniel, director of governmental affairs, Citizens Utility Board ... Source: Rockford Star Article - https://goo.gl/7CW64x

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5 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

  • Making Our Creations Come to Life!

    Ms. Gikas is asking for $585.40:
    My students need Writing Prompts Journals, sentence strips and a pocket chart, as well as various art supplies including tissue paper, pipe cleaners, butcher paper, pony beads, and yarn laces.
    Smyser Elementary School
  • This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and...

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    This is in response to Misplaced Texan I would like to know since when it's at the school responsibility to supply the kids with all the supplies the parents have to take responsibility sooner or later when I see kids coming out of school wearing $150 $200 gym shoes and outfits I think the parents could buy their supplies this is why we have a problem the parents want the schools to pay for everything it just doesn't work that way no more when I was going to school my parents had to buy all my supplies and the schools ran real good with no problems

  • Misplaced Texan Fourth Year In PP

    I don't think it's kids with $200 shoes that are having problems buying all the supplies.
    If you don't think CPS schools are chronically underfunded, I don't think you've been paying attention.
    At the end of the day, donate or not, that's your choice. I applaud their efforts to enrich the student experience. I suspect also, the the majority of the money still comes from the parents regardless of whether they ask for help from the community.

5 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond

Matthew De Leon, 23, of the 4900 block of West Eddy Street in Chicago, was charged late Tuesday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated battery...

    Soldier Charged With Punching Security Guard Out on Bond
    The man charged with punching a River North security guard in a brutal attack that was caught on camera last weekend bonded out of jail Friday evening, the Cook County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
    http://www.nbcchicago.com

  • This guy is nothing but a punk disgrace to are armed forces.l know who he is don't look drunk throwing the water bottle and walking away.He has DUI from when he was 17 and assault charges against his father.Problem child that his parents made him join the marine's.I hope Kim Fox gives max on all 3 charges then let the marine's finish if he makes it out of jail.

  • Bears - this guy is nothing but a punk. Enough said.

  • tjg

    Bears, I'm surprised Kim Fox even wants to prosecute him. Doubt she'll be asking the judge for a max sentence for anybody.

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Nov 10 2012

Updated 2 days ago

"No Honking" Signs

Does anyone have "No Honking" signs in their alleys?

I really would love to get some put up in the alley behind my home. Many people honk obnoxiously when driving through the intersection. Speed-bumps would be nice too.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Portage....I'm going to look into that. Thank you.

  • I honk whenever I leave the alley and am about to cross over the threshold to the street.

    I do it because blind spots from the garages at the end of the alley.

    Im not really into feeling like dealing with hitting a pedestrian or some dummy riding his/her bike on the side walk.

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